Saint Xavier University announces spring 2017 concert schedule

Music ConcertSaint Xavier University’s (SXU) Department of Music will host a series of concerts during the spring 2017 semester. All performances are free for SXU students, faculty and staff with a current ID, as well as prospective students. General admission is $6 and admission for senior citizens, visiting students and members of the military is $5. All performances will be on our Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street. For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (773) 298-3421 or visit www.sxu.edu, keyword: music.

Flute Choir Concert

7:30 p.m., Friday, April 7, McDonough Chapel

This spring concert will feature works from the entire Flute Choir Ensemble, as well as smaller group performances from trios, quartets, and quintets. Repertoire will include folk songs such as Sakura (Japanese) and Shenandoah (American); arrangements of dance music such as Sephardic Medley and Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns; and pieces by Gabriel Faure and Scott Joplin to round out the program.

Chorale and Opera Workshop Recital

3 p.m., Sunday, April 9, Music Performance Space

The Opera Workshop is a course of seven students who focus on singing music for the stage. The University Chorale, a 50-voice ensemble comprised of SXU students, alumni, and faculty. The Opera Workshop and Chorale present the music of George Frideric Handel’s Let thy hand be strengthened and Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Handel is best known for his work Messiah with its ubiquitous “Hallelujah” chorus; he wrote several pieces for the coronations of British monarchs, including Let thy hand be strengthened, which includes a stately opening of the title’s text, a contemplative middle section on the text “Let justice and judgement,’ and a joyful “Alleluia” section to close the piece. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas tells the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan Prince Aeneas, who has taken refuge in Carthage after the burning of Troy. Throughout the piece, audience members are taken on a journey of love and heartbreak through a musical expression like no other.

Chamber Ensemble

7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 9, McGuire Hall

Join us for an evening of chamber music from classical to contemporary and beyond! SXU’s Chamber Ensemble will feature the SXU Saxophone Quartet, SXU Guitar Ensemble, and SXU Horn Ensemble.

Wind Ensemble

7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22, Music Performance Space

The semester’s final Wind Ensemble concert will feature a variety of newer works, with its feature being the epic masterpiece entitled, “…and the mountains rising nowhere.” Composer Joseph Schwantner used Carol Adler’s poem arioso bells as his musical subject matter, harnessing his favorite line of the poem as an overall inspiration for the composition and also for use as the work’s title. This strange and inventive style inspired an entire generation of composers, who were challenged to be as creative as Schwantner; the work contains a number of unique sounds including crystal flutes, tuned wine glasses, specialized percussion, an amplified grand piano, which will be performed by Professor Patricia Lee, and numerous strange ways of performing standard instruments. Hearing and performing this work is an experience like few others, so we hope you can join us!

Chamber Singers with guest artists La Caccina

3 p.m., Sunday, April 23, McDonough Chapel

This concert consists of works featuring two female vocal ensembles, La Caccina and SXU’s Chamber Singers, who will perform music of prolific female composers, poets, and repertoire that speaks of enduring faith, renewed hope, and communal strength. The repertoire include: Abbie Betinis’ Be like the bird; Timothy Takach’s Cassiopeia; Elizabeth Alexander’s Faith is the Bird; Libby Larsen’s Today this Spring; Karen Thomas’ O virga mediatrix; Kim Baryluk’s Warrior; and Rosephanye Powell’s Still I Rise; The Chamber Singers are an auditioned ensemble, where any member of the Chorale is eligible to audition. Singers are selected based on their vocal technique and ability, as well as musicianship and interest in learning more about small ensemble singing.

Jazz Night II

7:30 p.m., Friday, April 28, McGuire Hall

Join us for an evening of music that features deep funk and heavy grooves! SXU’s Jazz Ensemble will perform works by John Scofield, Steely Dan, Radiohead and more. This performance will also serve as a tribute to graduating seniors in their final concert as SXU students.

Flute Studio Showcase Recital

7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 29, McDonough Chapel

This Flute Studio Showcase Recital will feature SXU students as well as community members playing favorite pieces by famous composers such as Bach, Handel, Rutter, and Clarke.